May is one of my favorite months. It contains my birthday, the Beat’s birthday, Somerville Open Studios and PorchFest, which takes place this Saturday. If Open Studios is Somerville’s time to showcase all of the amazing visual artists living and working in the city, PorchFest is the music equivalent of that.
PorchFest is a large, decentralized music festival taking place in town this Saturday, May 18, from noon-6 p.m. There are dozens of locations all over the city where you can listen the afternoon away to music of nearly all varieties, like blues, Americana, gospel, funk and so much more–there’s truly something for everyone.
The free event moves across the city in waves starting with the streets in the east running to Central Street from noon-2 p.m., then moving to between Central Street and Willow Avenue from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. and then heading west of Willow Avenue from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The best way to find out where to go when is with this handy map.
Last year we kicked off the day by eating sandwiches from Sherman Cafe at Prospect Hill Park where The Pennies were playing. We wandered around the surrounding neighborhood for the next couple of hours, making our way through the city with the sounds of PorchFest to guide us. It was a beautiful day and we had a terrific time. I highly recommend checking out what I think is one of Somerville’s most unique and fun events!
Saturday, May 18
Noon-6 p.m. (moving across the city in waves)
P.S. Get ready for PorchFest 2013 by checking out some photos and videos we took at last year’s event!